|Released: Jan. 12, 2016|
Series: Sunset Cove # 2
Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.” Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point. Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago. When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye. As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.
My Rating & Thoughts: 🌟 🌟 🌟 (3 stars)
First off I have to say I love the cover! I had high expectations for this book. The summary description interested me and I had heard praise about it which had me really looking forward to reading this one. However I found I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected. Mallory has not been back to Mermaid Point since leaving 15 years ago, but when her dad dies she comes home and has to face the past. She & Kevin haven't spoken since she left but she needs his help to look into what happened to her dad. As they begin looking to what happened they end up with more questions than answers. It becomes clear that someone doesn't want Mallory to find the answers. Can they find the answers and stay alive at the same time? As Kevin & Mallory spend more time together they realize the old feelings never left, are they getting a second chance? Can they move past the past? The romance side felt a bit rushed to me, yes they loved each other but there was some painful history to overcome that seem to go away very quickly without really talking about it. The suspense of who was after Mallory and why had me had me questioning everyone. There were a couple of characters I thought were involved but it turned out they weren't. The reveal at the end felt incomplete to me. I know people do things for reasons that make no sense to others but that is how this felt to me, the reasons why didn't seem justified. I especially liked Kevin, a single dad raising his blind daughter, he came across as an all-around good guy who was respected and could be trusted. I especially liked that he stood by Mallory and stood up to his parents when they were being downright mean. I enjoyed how the theme of learning to forgive not only others but yourself as well for past mistakes was presented. This was book 2 of the series, but it could be read as a stand-alone as Kevin & Mallory are not in book 1. However characters from book 1 make frequent appearances in this one, so it was nice to already know them a bit. I am now starting book 3 which it focuses on Kate (Kevin's cousin). She has been a recurring character in both books and I look forward to getting to know her better.